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Loretta Palmeiro

Alto sax

Loretta attained her BMus at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under the tutelage of Mark Walton. As an undergraduate student she toured with the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra as a soloist, performing the Ibert Saxophone Concerto on a tour throughout regional NSW.  She performed at the Sydney Opera House as a soloist with the Sydney Youth Orchestra. Recently she returned to the Sydney Conservatorium to study with Craig Scott, Kevin Hunt, Dale Barlow and Judy Bailey while completing her Jazz Diploma. 

Loretta has performed extensively overseas, having spent a year living and teaching in Portugal where she recorded, performed and toured with the traditional/world music group “Marenostrum.” She lived in Japan for 18 months during which time she played at a number of Tokyo’s Live Houses. She has written and recorded music for the internationally released documentary “Being Dad” and has also composed music for short film, such as "The Death of an Official" which won the Director's Choice award at the Newtown Film Festival.  

Currently Loretta is a member of  “Quadraphonic” Saxophone Quartet, the soul/funk/jazz fusion group “Pom Pom Shizaam” who have a residency at Bar Tokyo in Darling Harbour, and the Latin big band “Salsa Rica” who play frequently at The Factory in Marrickville and recently had a sell out show at the Basement in Sydney. In 2009 she formed the ensemble “Hevian Light,” a group specialising in Brazilian Bossa Nova, Pagode and Samba and featuring the spectacular drumming of Fabian Hevia. 

Loretta is also an examiner for the Australian Music Examinations Board, and holds teaching positions at Moriah College, St Andrew's Cathedral School and Monte Saint Angelo College as a saxophone specialist. She has undertaken teaching roles within the Conservatorium’s Outreach program and the Conservatorium High School.